Review: Bang (Visions #2) by Lisa McMann

December 6, 2013 Book Review, Young Adult 7 ★★★★½

I received this book for free from From Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

BangBang by Lisa McMann
Series: Visions #2
Published by Simon Pulse on October 8th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: From Publisher
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Jules should be happy. She saved a lot of people’s lives and she’s finally with Sawyer, pretty much the guy of her dreams. But the nightmare’s not over, because she somehow managed to pass the psycho vision stuff to Sawyer. Excellent.

Feeling responsible for what he’s going through and knowing that people’s lives are at stake, Jules is determined to help him figure it all out. But Sawyer’s vision is so awful he can barely describe it, much less make sense of it. All he can tell her is there’s a gun, and eleven ear-splitting shots. Bang.

Jules and Sawyer have to work out the details fast, because the visions are getting worse and that means only one thing: time is running out. But every clue they see takes them down the wrong path. If they can’t prevent the vision from happening, lives will be lost. And they may be among the casualties…

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Lisa McMann has an amazing talent of making a story filled with thriller and paranormal elements so fun and hilarious. I think that is a large reason I enjoy this series so much.

In the first book of the series, Crash (my review), our main character, Jules, starts seeing visions of a terrible accident which appeared to take the lives of others, including the boy she has had a forbidden crush on for forever. This time around, the visions have spread to Sawyer, and of a shooting. BANG!

I found hearing about these visions from a perspective other than the main character was a nice change of pace to the storyline. Of course Jules offers a lot of help and it’s like a mystery evolving for these two, with the help of a couple others. Jules was an amazing support system, knowing what it felt like to be consumed with these visions herself. And I enjoyed the pacing of how it all unraveled because unlike how it was for Jules, this time around the location and events are much more broad and unknown. And probably a little more terrifying. As we got closer to the event, I found myself nervous and on the edge of my seat with just the right amount of tension and excitement.

What I probably enjoy the most about this series are the relationships. First off, the sibling dynamic between Jules, her brother Trey and her sister Rowan is perfection for me. I love strong family connections and even though there are issues with the parents, these three stick together through thick and thin. They’d do just about anything for each other yet also have no problem throwing in a few sibling jabs here and there. Some of my favorite scenes are between them hanging out at home together. It was great to see more of Rowan this time around and I found her just as sarcastic and fun a character and Jules and Trey. Oh and let’s not forget the return of the meatball truck jokes! They crack me up!

Then there is the growing romance between Jules and Sawyer. They are too adorable for words. Jules is so dedicated to helping him with his vision, it’s almost like it belongs to her all over again. Everything is so new between them – the kisses, the hand holding, the general attachment to each other. There is one chapter in particular where Jules is thinking about ‘sexy times’ and I was in stitches the whole time. I read this part while sitting in a waiting room and I think it earned me some looks from the people around me. She’s processing this new connection and the changes it means and I love her for the honesty. Her thoughts were valid for teens new to the physical elements of love, and not just sex but the overall lust and attraction they go through. She compared a penis to a barnacle… I cannot. lol It really toned down the seriousness of the other events happening around them.

All in all, this was a great sequel. I like the twist the storyline is taking at the end that has me excited for the adventure the third book, Gasp, will take us on.

4.5_stars

About Lisa McMann

Lisa McMann lives and writes in the Phoenix area. Her books include the NYT bestselling paranormal WAKE trilogy, CRYER’S CROSS, DEAD TO YOU, and the dystopian fantasy series beginning with THE UNWANTEDS. (Book 2, Unwanteds: ISLAND OF SILENCE, comes out Sept 4, 2012).

You can find more info at Lisa’a website, lisamcmann.com, interact with her on Facebook or Twitter, or ask questions and find answers on her VYou.com page.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

7 Responses to “Review: Bang (Visions #2) by Lisa McMann”

  1. starryeyedjen

    Geez, why haven’t I read my copy yet?!? I really liked the humor mixed in with the seriousness of the first novel, and I’m glad to see that’s carried over to this sequel. And I loved those meatball truck jokes! Trey and Jules were hilarious. I’d forgotten about Rowan, so I’m interested to see her character interact with the other siblings. Should be fun times. :)
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